Bexar Regional Watershed Management (BRWM) • BRWM • Inter-governmental partnership comprised of Bexar County, City of San Antonio, San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and 23 suburban cities • Committee of Seven • Two representatives per County, City and SARA and one from suburban cities • Watershed Improvement Advisory Committee (WIAC) • 15-member public committee appointed by County, City and SARA representing each Bexar County Watershed
www.BexarFloodFacts.org • BRWM web site: • Identify which watershed you reside in • DFIRM information • Potential CIP information • FAQs • NFIP information • Other flood related issues and links • Web site will be regularly updated
Flood Map Modernization • A nationwide effort to create updated, modernized, digital flood hazard maps • Evolved as a national coalition of industries were increasingly affected by out-of-date flood maps • Built on partnerships with and support from state and local governments and key stakeholder groups
Flood Risks Have Changed • Flooding is one of Bexar County’s most costly natural disasters • Water flow and drainage patterns have changed due to erosion, land-use and natural forces • At 30 years old, county flood maps no longer reflect current flood risks • New digital mapping technologies produce more detailed, reliableInternet accessibledata
Benefits of Map Modernization • Ensures safety of individuals and property • Local and region scale capital projects can be fully evaluated for their impacts and benefits throughout the watershed • Improved data allows for more informed decisions for key stakeholders • Builders, Developers, Surveyors, Engineers • Community officials • Real Estate Agents, Lenders • Insurance Agents & Companies • Business Owners • Home Owners and Renters
Benefits of Map Modernization(cont.) • Bexar County is one of the most comprehensively and detailed re-studied counties in the nation. • The Regional Watershed Modeling System (RWMS) will provide a means to update the maps and models and host the information to the public. • Data and models within the RWMS will be FEMA compatible.
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Map Adoption Timeline • Milestones • Public Outreach [April 2007 - present] • Draft digital maps go up on www.BexarFloodFacts.org • Media outreach conducted • 23 public meetings held throughout County; additional neighborhood meetings given by request • Official presentation of preliminary maps – [Sept. 2007] • 90-day Public Comment Period • Ended Aug. 6 • Maps adopted – (anticipated) [Late 2009/Early 2010]
Capital Project Prioritization • To support the regional approach, BRWM partners used a common set of factors to evaluate and rank capital improvement projects • Proposed regional projects are reviewed and prioritized by watershed to develop annual and 10 year CIP lists • Local projects remain the responsibility of each local entity • Projects are chosen from CIP lists to be considered for funding • Bexar County and its partners developed list of projects for Flood Control Program
Bexar County CountywideFlood Control Projects • Projects recommended by the Countywide Citizens Watershed Improvement Advisory Committee (WIAC) • Total of 56 projects - estimated $500 Million • A Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with an anticipated duration of 10 years to include multiple 3 year rolling plans (phase).
Bexar County CountywideFlood Control Projects • 24 Projects 1st Phase • (of 3 yr. rolling plan within 10 yr. program) • 2 projects under construction • 22 projects under contract by April 2008 • Approx. 325+ Structures will be removed* • *Does not include calculated $$ protection from Olmos Dam improvements • $40 million • Expenditures for new Flood Control Projects • $14 million • SARIP + Main Plaza • $4 million • Existing Projects
Background -2003 • 21 Storm Water Revenue projects: • Flood Recovery • Infrastructure Recapitalization • Removal of Residential Structures from the Floodplain • Major Storm Water Outfalls • Low Water Crossing Mitigation • Regional Storm Water Facility (RSWF) • All projects have a regional impact – drainage area greater than 960 acres or 1.5 square miles
2005 Storm Water Revenue Bond Program • December 2004 – City Council approved a 19.5% increase to the Storm Water Utility fee • $65 million in revenue bond capacity • Developed list of regional projects in coordination with San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County • City Council approved projects and implementation started • 10 Storm Water Revenue projects (two projects combined): • Infrastructure Recapitalization • Major Storm Water Outfalls • Low Water Crossing Mitigation • Regional Storm Water Facility (RSWF) • All projects have a regional impact – drainage area greater than 960 acres or 1.5 square miles
Previous Bond Program Status • 2003-2007 G.O. Bond Program 2003 Bond Proposition # of Projects Streets & Pedestrians 30 Drainage 13 Library 12 Parks 54 Public Health & Safety 4 Total 113 • All Projects Complete
Five Propositions: $550 Million for a total of 151 Projects Streets, Bridges, and Sidewalks Improvements $306,997,413 43 Projects Drainage Improvements $152,051,818 26 Projects Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Athletic Improvements $79,125,293 69 Projects Library Improvements $11,025,476 11 Projects Public Health Facilities $800,000 2 Projects Information on all projects available at www.sanantonio.gov/2007bond/ 2007-2012 Bond